Pretty good journalism, grabs your total attention, BUT written by a journalist who didn't bother to look at a map. Note the journalist's mention that Donovan started hiking the PCT the day after he retired, along with a friend. Quote: "He headed north from the Mexican border with his friend Lynn Padgett, laboring through the hot, undulating Mojave Desert that surrounds the PCT's first 100 miles." Well, I guess that journalist has never hiked the PCT in San Diego County. But I have. It does skirt Borrego Desert, but mostly goes through mountains covered in chaparral, grasslands and oaks, and pine forest. And those areas would not have been sweltering in mid-April, most likely. In fact, April is usually the best time to hike that area.
The Mojave Desert is NORTH of where Donovan went missing, so unfortunately, he never hiked it.
Interesting tale, never-the-less, and I will finish reading it later today. But when journalists make glaring errors because they didn't do their research, I have to question everything they have written.
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